Uncouth

  • 1 Uncouth — Un*couth , a. [OE. uncouth, AS. unc?? unknown, strange: un (see {Un } not) + c?? known, p. p. of cunnan to know. See {Can} to be able, and cf. {Unco}, {Unked}.] 1. Unknown. [Obs.] This uncouth errand. Milton. [1913 Webster] To leave the good that …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 uncouth — I adjective agrestis, awkward, barbaric, barbarous, boorish, brutish, callow, churlish, clownish, clumsy, coarse, crass, crude, discourteous, doltish, gawky, graceless, gross, heavy handed, ill bred, ill mannered, impolite, incultus, indelicate,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 uncouth — (adj.) O.E. uncuð unknown, uncertain, unfamiliar, from UN (Cf. un ) (1) not + cuð known, well known, pp. of cunnan to know (see CAN (Cf. can) (v.)). Meaning strange, crude, clumsy is first recorded 1510s. The compound (and the thing it describes) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 uncouth — *rude, rough, crude, raw, callow, green Analogous words: *awkward, clumsy, gauche …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 uncouth — [adj] clumsy, uncultivated awkward, barbaric, boorish, cheap, clownish, coarse, crass, crude, discourteous, disgracious, gawky, graceless, gross, heavy handed, ill bred, illmannered, impertinent, impolite, inelegant, loud, loud mouthed, loutish,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 uncouth — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ lacking good manners, refinement, or grace. ORIGIN Old English, «unknown» …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 uncouth — [unko͞oth′] adj. [ME < OE uncuth, unknown < un , not + cuth, pp. of cunnan, to know: see CAN1] 1. Archaic not known or familiar; strange 2. awkward; clumsy; ungainly 3. uncultured; crude; boorish uncouthly adv. uncouthness n …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 uncouth — adj. 1 (of a person, manners, appearance, etc.) lacking in ease and polish; uncultured, rough (uncouth voices; behaviour was uncouth). 2 archaic not known; desolate; wild; uncivilized (an uncouth place). Derivatives: uncouthly adv. uncouthness n …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 9 uncouth — uncouthly, adv. uncouthness, n. /un koohth /, adj. 1. awkward, clumsy, or unmannerly: uncouth behavior; an uncouth relative who embarrasses the family. 2. strange and ungraceful in appearance or form. 3. unusual or strange. [bef. 900; ME; OE… …

    Universalium

  • 10 uncouth — [OE] Uncouth originally meant ‘unknown’ or ‘unfamiliar’ – a sense which survived into the 17th century (‘Now the whole superficies of the earth as well uncouth as discovered, is but a little point’, John Boys, Works 1616). ‘Crude, awkward’ is a… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 11 uncouth — [[t]ʌ̱nku͟ːθ[/t]] ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you describe a person as uncouth, you mean that their behaviour is rude, noisy, and unpleasant. ...that oafish, uncouth person. Syn: coarse …

    English dictionary

  • 12 uncouth — [OE] Uncouth originally meant ‘unknown’ or ‘unfamiliar’ – a sense which survived into the 17th century (‘Now the whole superficies of the earth as well uncouth as discovered, is but a little point’, John Boys, Works 1616). ‘Crude, awkward’ is a… …

    Word origins

  • 13 uncouth — adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Old English uncūth, from un + cūth familiar, known; akin to Old High German kund known, Old English can know more at can Date: before 12th century 1. a. archaic not known or not familiar to one ; seldom… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 14 uncouth — adjective behaving and speaking in a way that is rude or socially unacceptable: rough, uncouth men uncouthly adverb uncouthness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 uncouth — adjective I was hoping you d be less uncouth in public Syn: uncivilized, uncultured, uncultivated, unrefined, unpolished, unsophisticated, bush league, common, plebeian, low, rough, rough hewn, coarse, loutish, boorish, oafish, troglodyte;… …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 16 uncouth — un•couth [[t]ʌnˈkuθ[/t]] adj. 1) lacking manners or grace; clumsy; oafish 2) cvs rude, uncivil, or boorish: uncouth language[/ex] 3) strange and ungraceful in appearance or form • Etymology: bef. 900; ME: unfamiliar, unknown; OE uncūth=un un… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 17 uncouth — adjective /ʌnˈkuːθ/ a) Unfamiliar, strange, foreign. b) Clumsy, awkward …

    Wiktionary

  • 18 uncouth — Synonyms and related words: Doric, Gothic, Neanderthal, abandoned, all thumbs, animal, awkward, barbarian, barbaric, barbarous, bestial, bizarre, blunderheaded, blundering, boorish, broad, brutal, brutish, bumbling, bungling, butterfingered,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 19 uncouth — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. boorish, rude, crude, common, vulgar, uncultivated; ill mannered, clumsy; strange, unusual; awkward, gauche, ungraceful. See vulgarity, inelegance. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. ungainly, clumsy,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 20 uncouth — un|couth [ʌnˈku:θ] adj [: Old English; Origin: uncuth, from un + cuth known, familiar ] behaving and speaking in a way that is rude or socially unacceptable >uncouthly adv >uncouthness n [U] …

    Dictionary of contemporary English


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